Novel approach to encourage children backed by Limerick kids and volunteers

Donal O’Regan

Reporter:

Donal O’Regan

OTHER libraries may take a leaf out of a summer reading programme’s book of events to encourage children to read more.

OTHER libraries may take a leaf out of a summer reading programme’s book of events to encourage children to read more.

A total of 560 children were presented with reading tree certificates and medals. For every book they read, they put a leaf on a special tree in Nenagh library.

Their summer book bus crosses county lines into Murroe as well as serving Newport, Ballina, Rearcross and Birdhill.

Margaret Ryan, assistant librarian at Nenagh library, said the goal for children was to read six books throughout the months of July and August.

“In most cases they read multiples of six books and helped us to dress our tree,” said Margaret, who is from Birdhill.

Due to staff shortages the bus could only visit for six weeks but they packed plenty in to that time. Indeed, it would not have been possible at all were it not for volunteers.

“Mary Vaughan, Newport, has been a stalwart with the book bus for the past two years and is always ready to step into the breach. This year we were joined at different times by Rebecca Ryan, Newport, and Shauna Callanan, Murroe.

“It is wonderful to see local people getting involved in staffing the book bus,” said Margaret, who also thanked parents, grandparents, Stakelums, North Tipperary Leader Project for their support, and most importantly of all - the children.

“Over 560 took part in this programme and in so doing sent out a clear message to the adults in charge. We need our libraries; we need our books; we read a lot, so you need to keep us well supplies with our favourite books. For this reason staff at Nenagh library thanked them.”